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Senior Principal Strategic Planner

Requisition ID: R10098799

  • CategoryCategory: Business Development
  • LocationLocation: Melbourne, FL, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • Relocation AssistanceRelocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

An opportunity has arisen to add a Senior Principal Strategic Planner to our Aeronautics Systems team supporting Northrop Grumman’s strike programs as part of an integrated team based in the Melbourne, FL area.  The position will be responsible for: 1) providing support to Directors and Mangers responsible for concept and strategy development, advocacy, and business development; 2) monitoring and assessing trends in the security environment and US defense strategy, policy, and budgets; and 3) supporting the development compelling advocacy briefings and papers via research, analysis, writing, and generation of graphics.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, strategic studies, military history, or a related field, and10 years’ experience in the defense strategy, policy, and/or budgeting community. Masters degree in political science, strategic studies, military history or related field and 8 years experience in the defense strategy, policy and or budgeting community.
  • Strong writing and communication skills are required (sample work or academic products may be requested), to include the ability to generate material for presentation to customers and senior executives. 
  • Travel up to 25% may be required. 
  • Applicant must have a DoD SECRET clearance with the ability to gain Top Secret clearance. (to apply/start)


  • The applicant must be able to function as part of an integrated team.  The applicant should have policy analysis capabilities, understanding of the international security environment, familiarity with modern military capabilities and operations, and knowledge of how defense strategy, policy, and budgets are formulated. 
  • Knowledge of Salesforce or other CRM software
  • Understanding of aviation, air power, long-range strike systems, nuclear strategy, and deterrence is preferred. 
  • Experience with the formulation of defense policy and budgets is preferred.  Familiarity with stealth systems and Northrop Grumman products is preferred. 

Salary Range: $101,600 USD - $152,400 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.